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Possible Acute HIV Symptoms
« on: July 21, 2021, 07:03:37 am »
Hi mods,

Just wanted to get your thoughts here to ease my worries. I can't shake it off my head that I probably contracted the virus. I still plan on taking the test at the proper timeline (is it 4 weeks or 6 weeks?). I live in the Philippines so not sure what sort of antibody test we have here and when are they considered accurate and conclusive. See below for the chronology of events:

June 27 - Had an encounter with a female sex worker of unknown status. We engaged in unprotected oral (her giving me head) and protected (with condom) vaginal sex. Midway through the act, I smelled something with a strong fishy odor (could be BV, I know that STIs make HIV transmission more likely) coming from her vagina causing me to go limp and stop. I pulled out and saw that the condom was still intact. Removed the condom and went to the shower to wash up due to the virus scare. I asked her when she was last tested and she mentioned that she wasn't.

However, my lust got the best of me and we started again with her giving me an unprotected blowjob. We then proceeded again with a protected vaginal sex (new condom, of course) to completion. Condom was also intact when I removed it from my penis.

July 15 - I had a general feeling of malaise and noticed that my throat was a little scratchy. I'd like to say I even had a low grade fever, but I kept on popping ibufropen every couple of hours to manage the feverish feeling.

July 16 - Throat really became sore and itchy, still had a general feeling of malaise.

July 21 - Feeling of malaise is generally gone but my throat is still a bit itchy.

I know the presence of symptoms (and lack thereof) does not mean that I have contracted HIV. However, the timing of the symptoms is what really scares me the most -- it is within 2-4 weeks from the time of exposure. I just hope that I am wrong that I contracted the virus. Appreciate if I can hear comments from several of the mods here.

Will let you know the result once I test.

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Re: Possible Acute HIV Symptoms
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2021, 07:10:37 am »
Hiya,

Read your post three times.

Receiving a blowjob lacks the conditions required for acquiring HIV. Thus it makes sense that after nearly 40 years of this pandemic in terms of BJ's there hasn’t been a single documented case of HIV transmission to an insertive partner (the person being "sucked") and you will not be the worlds first.

HIV can't transmit through an intact latex or polyurethane condom. If a condom fails during the act of intercourse it is obvious and there is no reason to be stressing about intercourse as long as this obvious issue did not happen.

So unless there have been other sexual encounters my advice is move on with your life, use condoms for any intercourse no exceptions and test at least yearly out of routine for HIV and easier to acquire STI's

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your health care provider about taking PrEP going forward as an additional layer of HIV protection.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Possible Acute HIV Symptoms
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2021, 07:12:26 am »
P.s See your doctor and treat whatever is making you feel unwell. I hope you feel better soon.
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Re: Possible Acute HIV Symptoms
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2021, 06:26:38 am »
Hi Jim,

Just wanted to give you an update and maybe the rest of those who are worrying over their symptoms despite a non-risk incident as mine (as you clarified).

I took a test today a SD Rapid Test (Point of care) and the result was negative (~8 weeks from last exposure). I sort of believed you when you mentioned that it was a no-risk event and this is really just for my peace of mind (now I 100% believe you haha). The HIV counselor also mentioned that as long as the condom didn't break there is no need to worry for HIV.

Can't really believe how your mind can play tricks on you and really, its all about knowing if there has been a risk (unprotected anal or vaginal). You really can't just base it on whatever "symptoms' you're having, only a test would tell.

Anyway, thank you very much your site has been really helpful over my HIV scare.

Again, thanks Jim.


« Last Edit: August 21, 2021, 06:48:56 am by Jim Allen »

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Re: Possible Acute HIV Symptoms
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2021, 08:10:10 am »
Hiya.

You're welcome.

A lot of stress could have been avoided considering you had no HIV risk so if you continue unnecessary testing the results will remain the same.

I do hope that in the future you don't start stressing and testing over nothing again, just use condoms for any intercourse and test out of routine yearly.

I hope you feel better and if not see your local healthcare provider to treat whatever is making you sick.
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Re: Possible Acute HIV Symptoms
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2021, 08:15:31 am »
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